The City as Archive

Robert Minervini
6 Sessions » Thursdays, July 10–August 14
6:30–9:30 pm | Studio 117 | $250

Prerequisite: Recent college or extension level courses in both drawing and painting required

Landscape painting can take on many forms. Using one’s experience navigating the city as primary resource material, this course prompts students to delve deeper into how they interact with their surroundings by making paintings and drawings of local and personal spaces. Focusing on water-based and/or oil-based media, the course prompts students to gather resource imagery for use in making paintings and drawings. Each session pairs technical instruction and demonstrations with time for students to create their real and imagined landscapes.

"Rob was a terrific instructor and really did a great job of making painting enjoyable for everyone in the class regardless of their level. I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone and everyone looking to continue with or rediscover their creative spirit." –Introduction to Acrylic Painting student, 2011
Possible Class Assignments:
  • After a presentation of relevant artists involved in creating futuristic cities and utopian ideas, students will plan a drawing/painting/map for an "imagined hypothetical dreamscape city." Students should think about their neighborhood and city and the potential issues they could address with imaginative hypothetical architecture and/or interventions, and then make three sketches. Create a finished piece from the sketches.
  • Choose a location in the city with a history that interests you. Create a painting/drawing that shows this same location and how it has changed over the past year, decade, or millennia

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Robert Minervini is a San Francisco-based painter whose work examines spatial environments and notions of utopia in large-scale, multilayered acrylic works. He received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and his BFA from Tyler School of Art. His work has been exhibited nationally, including with Electric Works, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, all in San Francisco; Johansson Projects, Oakland; and Marine Contemporary, Los Angeles. Minervini has been a resident artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California; and the Root Division Studio Program, San Francisco.
Robert Minervini
Until Tomorrow Comes (Part III), 2013
Acrylic on canvas
52 x 72 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Marine Contemporary, Venice, California